Kamen Rider Agito Ground Form
Review by Dkun
I've been collecting the SIC Kiwami Tamashii line for a good bit now, and have been pretty happy with all of the figures I've owned and had the chance to mess with. All of them have been pretty fantastic 4 inch action figures. However, Kamen Rider Agito Ground Form blows them all out of the water.
While the Kamen Rider Blade figures went for a super stylized techno-look, Agito is much more organic in his design. The armor is all cracked and runic, as if it's hundreds of years old. The arms and legs have scales running down them, as if whoever is Kamen Rider Agito is actually changing into a monster, more than it looks like some dude in a suit.
Agito has huge buglike red eyes and they're gorgeous. The horns on his head are slightly exaggerated, but work well with this style. The belt is also extremely well painted and sculpted, with a tiny yellow gem in the middle as well.
There's some new detail on the back though. A pair of wings are sculpted on the back that look like they are getting ready to bulge right out of his back; more of the reason why I think this design is slightly monstrous, and why I also enjoy it so much.
Previously I've said that the articulation on SIC Kiwami Tamashii is very good, and Agito is even an improvement on that. The double-jointed knees have an incredible range thanks to Agito's minimalistic design, and the arms have become true double-joints instead of the previous swivel-ball joint system. Despite the huge shoulder pads arm movement is not limited at all, and is a marked improvement over the Kamen Rider Blade figures.
He can even cross his legs!
Agito comes with only a pair of alternate hands for accessories. He comes with a pair of calmly splayed hands (That's right, no rage hands here!), and a pair of open hands for holding things. Although Agito does not come with a lot of accessories, he comes with everything he needs. Plus if you really need him to be holding a weapon, GI Joe weapons fit in pretty nicely.
Agito has one more feature, and it's a very clever one. In the show, Agito's head crest would open up before he did a Rider Kick. This gimmick is built into the head with a pair of fins and a swivel. All you have to do is pull them out to get this mode. It's very smartly done and a fantastic addition to an already great figure.
Sometimes, you don't want a gimmicky Kamen Rider. Sometimes, a Kamen Rider who uses cards, or music, or time traveling all seem downright silly. Sometimes, you just want a Kamen Rider who punches stuff really hard and kicks monsters so hard that they explode. That's what this figure is, and that's why it's so awesome. Absolutely get this figure if you think he looks cool. He is very worth it.
|Posted 10 August, 2011 - 14:42 by Dkun|